Frequently Asked Questions


General Questions:

Master's Thesis and Practium Paper Questions:

General Questions

What is DigitalCommons@APUS?

DigitalCommons@APUS is an openly accessible online repository that preserves, promotes, and shares the academic work of its students, staff, and faculty. The APUS Library organizes, selects, and administers DigitalCommons@APUS. [top]

What kinds of materials are included in DigitalCommons@APUS?

The Commons includes faculty research, student papers and theses, staff writing, publications from the APUS ePress, University Archives, and other materials. Further specific examples might include conference proceedings and papers, student organization records and promotional information, oral history recordings, instructional videos, journal articles and book chapters, technical reports, peer-reviewed and student journals, or creative works such as short stories or poems. [top]

Who can contribute to DigitalCommons@APUS?

DigitalCommons@APUS holds the academic works of APU and AMU students, staff, and faculty. The Commons includes faculty research, student papers and theses, staff writing, publications from the APUS ePress, University Archives, and other materials. If you are a current student, staff member, or faculty member at APUS, you can contribute approved submissions to DigitalCommons@APUS. [top]

I am an APUS faculty member. How can I add a publication to DigitalCommons@APUS?

If you would like to submit your research or other academic or professional publications for possible inclusion in DigitalCommons@APUS, please contact DigitalCommons@apus.edu for further information. We can help you determine copyright compliance and discuss further details. [top]

I am an APUS student. How can I add a publication to DigitalCommons@APUS?

Please contact DigitalCommons@apus.edu for inquiries on adding approved publications that are not related to capstone theses or practicum papers. For capstone theses or practicum papers, see the Master's Thesis and Practium Paper Questions section. [top]

I am in a student organization. How can our organization add our materials to DigitalCommons@APUS?

Materials from student organizations included in DigitalCommons@APUS are part of APUS’s University Archives. For information on adding your organization’s materials to the APUS Archives (and thereafter to DigitalCommons@APUS), please contact APUS’s archivist, Laura Donahue, at ldonahue@apus.edu. Another option is to post your organization’s records to its own organization website, from which the records can be collected and added to the Commons. [top]

I’m interested in starting or publishing a journal on DigitalCommons@APUS. What should I do?

For information on starting a professional or student journal, or for information on moving your current journal to DigitalCommons@APUS, please contact APUS ePress editor Molly Fischer at mfischer@apus.edu. [top]

What file formats are acceptable for submitting works?

For information on starting a professional or student journal, or for information on moving your current journal to DigitalCommons@APUS, please contact APUS ePress editor Molly Fischer at mfischer@apus.edu. [top]

Do I lose copyright by submitting my documents to DigitalCommons@APUS?

No. Individual authors retain their copyright to their works. DigitalCommons@APUS simply collects and makes them widely available only on the Web. [top]

I’m the author of a publication included on DigitalCommons@APUS. How can I get statistics on downloads for my publication?

To obtain this information, contact digitalcommons@apus.edu and provide us with your email address and the titles or links to your DigitalCommons@APUS publication(s). We will associate the two, allowing you to set up a Digital Commons account to obtain these statistics. [top]

Master's Thesis and Practium Paper Questions

I am an APUS graduate student. Where do I send my completed capstone thesis or practicum paper?

Thesis submission (also referred to as library registration) is the responsibility of your capstone professor. Once the student has finished his/her paper and delivered it to the instructor, the paper is reviewed and graded. Having received a passing grade, the capstone/thesis paper is then submitted via email to the library by the program director with a cover letter and submission form. Exceptional works, those designated as having been Passed with distinction, recommended for posting by the instructor, program director, and school dean, and met the publication guidelines of the APUS library will be added to the DigitalCommons@APUS thesis collection. The procedure is included in the latest edition of the APUS End of Program Assessment Manual for Graduate Studies (aka EOP Manual). [top]

Why isn’t my capstone thesis/practicum paper posted in DigitalCommons@APUS?

Exceptional works -- those designated as having been Passed with distinction, recommended for posting by the instructor, program director, and school dean, and met the publication guidelines of the APUS Library -- will be added to the DigitalCommons@APUS thesis collection. The procedure is included in the latest edition of the APUS End of Program Assessment Manual for Graduate Studies (aka EOP Manual). NOTE: There is usually some processing time by the school program before submission to the library and by the library once it has been received. [top]

Are Master's theses/practicum papers posted on the library's public website in the public domain?

No. APUS Master's thesis/capstone papers are not public domain documents. The student retains the copyright to his or her work. The fact that a student's paper is visible or accessible does not imply that it is the public domain. (The University Publication License in the thesis document front matter states that the student author has granted the university a nonexclusive license to publish the submission on its Web site and/or in the library. The student retains his/her ownership rights.) [top]

I am an APUS professor. Where do I send my student’s completed capstone thesis or practicum paper?

Capstone thesis/practicum papers are submitted directly to the APUS Library by the program director. The procedure and submission form are included in the latest edition of the APUS End of Program Assessment Manual for Graduate Studies (aka EOP Manual). [top]

Can I submit related files (sound clips, data sets, etc.) in addition to my student’s capstone thesis/practicum paper?

It may be possible. Please contact ThesisInfo@apus.edu for more information. [top]

May I revise a capstone submission after I have sent it to the APUS Library?

If a submission is missing files, you will be contacted. If you need to add files or wish to change the submission in some way, please contact the APUS Library at ThesisInfo@apus.edu. [top]

I am having difficulty submitting a thesis/capstone paper. Who can I contact for help?

Please contact us at ThesisInfo@apus.edu. [top]

I am a PD submitting a thesis. What are the options for “Degree Name” field request?

You may use the following options for Degree Name:

  • Master of Arts (MA)
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA)
  • Master of Education (MEd)
  • Master of Public Administration (MPA)
  • Master of Public Health (MPH)
  • Master of Public Policy (MPP)
  • Master of Science (MS)
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I’m the author of a thesis included on DigitalCommons@APUS. How can I get statistics on downloads for my thesis?

To obtain this information, contact digitalcommons@apus.edu and provide us with your email address and the titles or links to your DigitalCommons@APUS publication(s). We will associate the two, allowing you to set up a Digital Commons account to obtain these statistics. [top]